Top Cape wines 2011

The Platter wine guide is the equivalent of the Michelin guide in food. Every year the top wines winning 5 stars are eagerly awaited. We have tried several of them and here our recommendations:
Diemersfontein, Chenin Blanc 2010, Carpe Diem: five stars top rating in the guide and we don’t disagree. It’s dry and zingy, sparkly apricots and a lovely smooth after taste. We give it 4,5 stars, a top Chenin Blanc. If you can only find a 2011, buy it anyway, you won’t regret it.

Spiers, Creative block 2, it has 4 Platter stars. It’s a semillon/sauvignon mix and we thought it was a bit too sharp and lemony, however for a huge Spier production machine, not a bad try. We give it 3 stars.

Meerlust Pinot Noir 2010; 4,5 Platter stars. Meerlust is our favourite Pinot Noir estate, lying just next to the autoroute it’s certainly not an idyllic location but the wines are the top of all South African wine produce. We loved the 2010, crisp, fresh, sophisticated, full body with hints of vanilla. We give it 4,5 stars, the best of Pinot Noirs from SA, we’ve tasted this year.

Oak Valley, Pinot Noir 2009. 5 Platter stars. And we don’t disagree at all; fresh, dark berries, round and mellow, it equals Meerlust. Quite deep for its age, and will improve so they say for 10 more years. So buy and taste! We give it 4,5 stars.

Kleine Zalze, Sauvignon Blanc 2011, 5 Platter stars. The very best of Sauvignon this year, refined, vanilla, candied fruits, a little fat, rounded citrus, a must-buy, also good value for money.

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